Recap: Washington Wizards lose fourth straight game to the Los Angeles Clippers

Dec 14, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (2) dribbles the ball around Los Angeles Clippers point guard Darren Collison (2) in the second quarter at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Wizards couldn’t get a stop early on and it didn’t help that Chris Paul played on an MVP level tonight. Los Angeles was simply too talented for the injured Wizards and it wasn’t much of a competition. With tonight’s loss, the Wizards have lost four straight games. Here are some Bullet Points:

  • John Wall has been the best Eastern Conference point guard, but he’s far from catching up to Chris Paul. Unlike last night against the Atlanta Hawks, John Wall attacked the basket every chance he got. Paul had trouble staying in front of Wall, and it resulted in plenty of fast break points for the Wizards. Wall finished the game with 24 points and 12 assists, but he was outmatched by Paul, who scored 38 points on 11 for 14 shooting from the field. Paul is truly a maestro, so it’s definitely exciting to watch him play. John Wall has a long way to go before he’s mentioned in the same category as Paul, but he was able to compete with him. He didn’t settle for jump shots and he wasn’t rattled.
  • Washington’s bench finished with 32 points, which was probably the lone bright spot for the Wizards besides John Wall’s performance. Kevin Seraphin scored 16 points, but the only difference for him tonight was that his shots went in. His shot selection wasn’t very good, and he made plenty of unforced errors that could’ve been avoided. Seraphin could obviously score the basketball when he gets the opportunity, but his defensive effort and rebounding leave much to be desired. Glen Rice Jr. also chipped in 6 points off the bench. I think he’ll be a serviceable reserve once Bradley Beal returns from injury.
  • The Clippers have the most athletic front court in the league, and the Wizards simply couldn’t match up. Trevor Booker picked up 5 fouls and was basically taken out of the game, while Marcin Gortat made just 3 of his 10 shot attempts. You’d like to see the Wizards utilize Gortat and John Wall in pick and roll situations, but Deandre Jordan did a good job defending the basket tonight.

The Wizards need to learn from tonight’s loss and move on. They don’t have enough firepower to compete against elite level teams, especially without Nene and Bradley Beal. John Wall reminded himself that he’s best when attacking the basket and that needs to carry over to next game.

Washington will be back at it on Monday against the New York Knicks on the road.

 

 

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